Jack Vandervalk of Claresholm, Alberta appreciates the value of Beefbooster-bred cows: “In Beefbooster, we’ve developed much more efficient cows that can winter themselves on native range, that take less feed through the winter and our calf crop has improved. The carcass quality is good, too. Beefbooster has made our cattle better and more economical.”
M3 (heifer bull) breeder, Peter Lawrence has had great calving results from his 300-cow Beefbooster herd. He says he can only remember having to help deliver 10 calves in the last five years. “It [can be] work to get a calf onto one of those swing bags,” says Lawrence, “so it’s nice to be rid of them and not worry about bad bags or bad feet.” Because his cows take care of themselves, Lawrence and his wife enjoy the winter with their sons as they pursue their passion for hockey.
Thanks to the ability of his herd to manage themselves, Jerry Holtman, who is “close to retirement age,” manages a 400-cow commercial herd on short-grass prairie alone. In a group of 68 of his heifers bred from Beefbooster bulls, 67 delivered calves without any help at all.
Thanks to the self-sufficiency of Beefbooster cattle, John Buckley of Cochrane, Alberta has tripled the size of his cow herd. And he only has two people working with his herd instead of three. “We’ve doubled what we can do with our manpower,” says Buckley. “The longer you work with these cattle, the more you enjoy not having to do things like helping a calf to suck and having that hour and a half to do something else. ” he adds.“And having cows that work for us instead of us working for them gives me more time to manage my grass.”